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Briar Rose by Heather Ross

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Occasionally I’ll see a preview of an upcoming fabric line and instantly I am giddy with excitement. That’s how I felt when I first saw peeks of the latest by artist Heather Ross. This line, Briar Rose for Windham Fabrics, is so sweet – much like all the rest of Heather’s fabrics.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I attempted to show some self restraint when shopping this time (do I really need clovers in 3 different greens? yes! no! someone hold me back!) So far I’ve only purchased the quilting cottons, but I do have plans to buy a bit of the knits for a skirt for my daughter.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

I did manage to convince myself to get three of the four strawberry prints. My excuse is my 6 year old. Those are pretty much made for her.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

The little bees are adorable.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

And I think this larger scene would make a great quilt back for girl or boy.

Briar Rose by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics ~ Fresh Lemons Quilts

Briar Rose is just arriving in shops now. You can find at many of my sponsors!

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July 20, 2013   9 Comments

A Quilt for Her Bed

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This is a quilt I’ve been wanting to make for a long time. I wasn’t sure what the design would end up being, what fabric I would use…but I knew I wanted to make a quilt for my little girl’s bed. I feel a tad bit guilty that although I’m a quilter, the quilts on my kid’s beds are store bought. Well now at least one is handmade by mommy.

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I started this quilt earlier this summer and planned to make a couple blocks a week. I sized each block at 17.5″ x 17.5″ unfinished so I would only need to make 20 for a twin sized quilt. My block progress stalled for awhile but when I went up to Holly’s for the weekend in July I finished them up.

Sarah Jane Children at Play - Twin for Avery's bed

Of course it took me a bit longer to make the back, baste and quilt. But I’m really happy with the results! The quilt is centered around Sarah Jane Studios’ Children at Play fabric line (one of my all time favorites).

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I incorporated a lot of blenders from my stash. There’s really a little bit of everything in here – Patty Young’s Lush Running Stitch, Lizzy House’s Pearl Bracelets, Laurie Wisbrun’s Modern Whimsy circles, some Art Gallery Oval Elements, dots from Heather Ross Lightening Bugs, some of the new stripes from Cloud 9′s Simpatico, some of the yellow Henna Garden by Sandi Henderson, a yellow print from Maude Asbury’s Kitchy Kitchen…plus some of the Children at Play blenders.

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I didn’t follow a pattern for the blocks. I just started cutting the center squares and then pulled fabric and worked my way out from the center using different widths for each ring until I reached my goal size. I tried to follow a few rules for my blocks, such as each uses either 3 or 4 fabrics, no more, no less.

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One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the back. I decided to incorporate the Parade print from Children at Play. I wanted the print to show across the quilt when it was folded down on her bed.

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My poor husband, this quilt was SO big to hold up!

That meant the print needed to be upside down on the back. I added a bit of patchwork above and below. The solid pink is Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Blossom – SO wonderful.

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I wanted this quilt to be nice and soft so I quilted it in a grid with horizontal and vertical lines, about 2″ apart.

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I love how the quilt compliments her room. She clearly loves it as well!

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I know there will be a time in the future (probably way too soon!) where she outgrows this quilt and doesn’t want it on her bed anymore. But I’m hoping it will always hold a special place in her heart and she will maybe even let her own little girls cuddle under it one day.

September 24, 2012   72 Comments

Country Mouse Twirl

Country Mouse Twirl

I am a huge fan of artist Heather Ross. If you look at my past quilts, there are more than a few which feature her fabric (this, this, this, this…), whether it be from actual fabric lines or from Munki Munki pajamas cut up for the artwork. When I saw her new line, Nursery Versery I knew I needed some again.

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I have a friend that recently moved her family out of New York City. They aren’t exactly in the country now, but I thought the country mouse fabric would be perfect for a skirt for her daughter. This skirt is based on the free Oliver + S Lazy Days Skirt pattern. I like adding some fabric to the bottom of the skirt rather than a ribbon. I made a french seam for connecting the 2 pieces together – one less area to fray. This fabric is a cotton/linen blend and has a beautiful drape to it. Perfect for clothing.

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As for the rest of the week here… My oldest is starting Kindergarten. I’m a mix of happy and sad. Kind of mourning her preschoolness and getting ready to tackle the next stage in life for her – school years. I’m also finally going to quilt my Solstice Stars Series quilt! (It’s sat around for an embarrassingly long time.)

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Hopefully I will have it to share in the next few days.

August 15, 2012   14 Comments

Weekend Fun with the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild

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I’m back from another weekend away, this time sewing Improv with the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild.

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I had such fun on Saturday! I spent about 5 hours with a wonderful group of ladies, demoing and talking about piecing improvisational log cabins and watching everyone’s different blocks come together.

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Huge thanks to the super sweet and funny Andie (above) for coordinating this workshop and inviting me to come teach. And also a big thank you to the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild for hosting me (and showing up!) and those that traveled several hours to attend.

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My mom and sister even came to join in the fun.

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Lots of happy in-action photos…everyone made such amazing blocks!


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And my sister will tell you – quilting is not for the faint of heart. It was 85 degrees in the room! We are all super tough troopers though and quilted through the heat.

Crafty Chloe by Heather Ross at Hancocks - my dd is going to go nuts! Thanks for the tip @jenib320 !

Finally – completely unrelated but while I was in Cincinnati I found out from Jeni that Heather Ross has some fabric at Hancocks! I rushed to the store by my parents house and picked up some prints. These are from the children’s book she illustrated, Crafty Chloe. (Which my daughter happens to love!) I was so excited to see them, I am a huge sucker for any of her artwork. If you want some for yourself, be sure to check out your local Hancocks store in the Girl’s Novelty section.

July 16, 2012   17 Comments